I discovered about this Festival last year from my sister who is a writer, so when she told me the Hay Festival was back, i was very excited and decided I would definitely attend. She then told me that she would volunteer and that they were taking volunteer bloggers to talk about the Festival. She asked if I would like to be part of it. Of course I agreed and I recently went to a meeting for the Storymoja Festival Bloggers. I had the priviledge of meeting very talented, intelligent and creative writers and bloggers; I’m very glad to be part of the team. I wanted to share abit of history on the Festival and share the blogs of my creative blogging colleagues. I will be blogging about the Festival and will be glad to share this journey with you all. This is new to me since I am mainly a business blogger, not really a creative writer. However, I love trying out different activities and meeting people doing wonderful things. That is why I’m glad to meet writers who prove the misconception of Kenyans not being readers – very wrong and I will work hard to be worthy of this great movement. ^_^
The Storymoja Hay Festival was started in 2008. Quoting from their brochure being the best way to describe what they do:
It is a 5-day celebration of stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture through storytelling, books, live discussion forums, workshops, debates, live performances, competitions, mchongoano and music. It is organized in collaboration with Storymoja Publishers, the Hay Festivals (UK) and other local and international partners. The Festival, held every year in Nairobi attracts the most exciting local and international writers and thinkers. The Festival promises both engaging and stimulating discussions as well as light-hearted entertainment.The Schools Programme and the Storyhippo Village caters for families and children, as well as teens with programs and interactions that will be remembered for years to come.
Dates and Venue
Storymoja Hay Festival will be held on September 17th to 21st, 2014. It will be held at the Nairobi National Museum.
The theme for this year is: Imagine the World! Waza Dunia!
My Fellow Bloggers for the Festival
Below are the blogs for the bloggers who volunteered to write about the Festival this year, they are an exciting and interesting team. I’m sure we’ll have fun. Make sure you plan to attend the Hay Festival and follow the blogs below as well.
SheBlossoms (@sheblossoms) – by Juliet Maruru
Uhuru For The Poor (@NthepaMoitsheki) – by Martha Nthepa
Thinking Out Loud (@azizmola) – by Aziz
Mkate Nusu (@anneodengo) by Rose Odengo
The Real G Inc (@MagungaWilliams) by Magunga Williams
Julie’s Writing Room (@mamayaimani) by Julie Muriuki
#HLeagueTravels by Mwangi Muriithi
www.smartkenyan.com by Emmanuel
TTYL Don’t Feed The Bloggers (@adamkiboi) by Adam Kiboi
I’m sure this will be an exciting and enlightening journey and I will be glad to share with you all.